Zelina Vega recounts how McMahon apologized after she was cut from 9/10 Smackdown

Nov 21, 2021 - by Colin Vassallo

In an interview with the UK-based talkSPORT ahead of tonight’s Survivor Series, Zelina Vega discussed how Vince McMahon personally called her when her match was cut from the September 10 Smackdown.

Vega’s father passed away during the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and was one of the thousands who died inside the World Trade Center. On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the attacks, Vega was supposed to wrestle on that Smackdown in Madison Square Garden, teaming with Carmella to take on Toni Storm and Liv Morgan.

But timing issues got the match cut from the broadcast much to disappointment of many fans and Zelina herself, who was looking at honoring her father in the ring. She had a custom ring gear made for the occasion and later tweeted “nevermind” after the broadcast was over.

“A lot of people were really upset, but I felt like a lot of the anger was misguided. I was disappointed, but I also knew it wasn’t a personal thing,” Vega told talkSPORT.

“When it got cut, Vince called me and apologized because he wanted to make sure that I knew ‘listen, this wasn’t done to you personally or anything, it was literally just this [the time], I had to make that call and I’m so sorry.’ And people don’t know that side either,” Vega recounted.

One Response

  1. Mudshow Mark says:

    I call shenanigans on Vince. If they really wanted they could have given her a promo or give her a two minute squash over a jobber.

    I’m sure anyone with a secure enough position on the roster (which then again is a short list) could have given up some time.

    This is just another example of how poorly managed the creative is. They found TV time for an NBA player from an out of town team that night. It’s in the results.

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